Thursday, July 5, 2012
AFC East links: Rex Ryan sacks captains
By ESPN.com staff
What can the Bills expect to get out of first-round draft choice Stephon Gilmore this season? GM Buddy Nix thinks the rookie cornerback will make an impact. "From what I’ve seen, I’d say he definitely can [be a difference-maker],” said Nix. “He’s done more than we thought he’d do with what we’ve exposed him to. So nothing surprises him. He’s a very patient guy. He doesn’t bite on every move. He’s smart and has deceiving strength and great speed.”
Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz gave NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV an update Wednesday on the county's stadium lease negotiations with the team. "[The Bills] want more than I think they know they're going to get," Poloncarz said. "But we're not going to give away the store to keep the team here. We're going to ensure that this team is economically viable and is kept here for many years. But it's my goal that the Bills contribute to part of the construction costs associated with the stadium. They know that, because they heard that directly from me, and I feel confident that when all is said and done that we're going to get a lease that is fair for all, and keeps the Buffalo Bills in this community, so that they're the Buffalo Bills, not the Los Angeles Bills."
Dolphins rookies Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller are homegrown players who have played in South Florida their whole lives. "It was crazy, we never really thought about that before," Vernon said to Izzy Gould of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "We never really thought it was gonna happen. ... We never would have thought we would have been where we are right now, but we're just enjoying it, taking it in stride."
Receiver Chad Ochocinco, who was live-tweeting his wedding Wednesday, wrote "going through text messages, Marvin Lewis message is making me tear up a lil bit and I didn’t even see the bride yet ..."
New England Patriots
In his mailbag, ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss looks at what might be the holdup in the contract negotiations between the team and receiver Wes Welker.
Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino saw former Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallett this spring, and the coach raved about Mallett's conditioning, a sore spot that dogged Mallett at times during his collegiate career, reports the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. “He’s really down in weight,” Petrino said. “He looks in great shape. He looks like he’s keeping himself in great shape, because he still comes around here quite a bit."
New York Jets
Jets coach Rex Ryan decided to ditch the idea of having game captains this season, writes the New York Post's Brian Costello.
A tweet from Darrelle Revis' Twitter account Wednesday cursed his representatives for "getting [him] traded," reports The Sporting News. The tweet was later deleted and Revis claimed his account was hacked.
Jets assistant special-teams coach Ben Kotwica was among a group of current and former coaches taking part in a joint NFL-USO trip to the Persian Gulf to celebrate the Fourth of July with members of the armed forces, reports ESPNNewYork.com.